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This article is about the motorcycle manufacturer. For the Italian city, see Aprilia, Lazio. For the automobile, see Lancia Aprilia.
Industry Motorcycle
Founded 1945
Headquarters Noale, Italy
Area served
Key people
Rocco Sabelli, CEO
Products Motorcycles & Scooters
Parent Piaggio & Co. SpA
Website aprilia.com

Aprilia is an Italian motorcycle company, one of the marques owned by Piaggio. Having started as a manufacturer of bicycles it moved on to manufacture scooters and small-capacity motorcycles. In more recent times Aprilia has produced large sportbikes such as the 1,000 cc V-twin RSV Mille and the V4 RSV4. Aprilia has enjoyed considerable success in road-racing.


Aprilia was founded after the Second World War by Cavaliere Alberto Beggio, as a bicycle production factory at Noale, Italy in the province of Venice. Alberto’s son, Ivano Beggio, took over the helm of the company in 1968 and constructed a 50 cc "motorcycle" with a dozen or so[citation needed] collaborators. The first production Aprilia mopeds were named Colibrì, Daniela and Packi. Aprilia later produced a motocross bike in 1970 called the Scarabeo. Produced until the end of the 1970s, the Scarabeo came in 50 and 125 cc versions.

In 1977 Ivan Alborghetti from Milan, Italy won the Italian 125 and 250 cc motorcross championships on Aprilias. In 1978 Alborghetti closed the season with two third places in individual races and sixth place in the World Championship. In the 1980s Aprilia added enduro, trials and road bikes of between 50 and 600 cc. In 1981 Aprilia introduced the TL320 trials machine. In 1983 Aprilia launched to St 125 road bike. In 1984 Aprilia launched an improved model called STX, and an enduro, called the ET 50.

In 1985, Aprilia started outsourcing engines for some models to the Austrian company Rotax. In 1985 Aprilia launched a 125 STX and 350 STX. In 1986 Aprilia launched the AF1; a small sports model, and the Tuareg; a large tanked bike for African rallies like the Dakar Rally. Aprilia factory rider Philippe Berlatier contended for the trials world championship reaching fifth place, and Loris Reggiani rode an Aprilia GP 250 with Rotax engine to sixth place in the road racing World Championship. Two seasons later, on August 30, 1987, at San Marino Grand Prix in Misano Loris Reggiani's AF1 won the first World Speed Championship.

In 1990 Aprilia launched the Pegaso 600, a road bike derived from off-road mechanics. Later, in 1992 Aprilia rider Alessandro Gramigni won the World 125 Road Racing Championship title. Also in 1992, Tommy Ahvala won the World Trials Championship on an Aprilia Climber. Since then, Aprilia has 124 times won 125 and 250 cc class Grand Prix, 15 Road Racing World Championship titles, and 16 European speed titles. Many world champions started on Aprilia such as Biaggi, Capirossi, Gramigni, Locatelli, Sakata and Rossi.

Also in the 1990s, Aprilia entered the scooter market starting in 1990 with Italy’s first all-plastic scooter, the Amico. In 1992, Aprilia introduced the Amico LK and the two stroke Pegaso 125, both with catalytic converters. In 1993 Aprilia launched a large diameter wheel scooter reusing the name Scarabeo with a four-stroke, four-valve engine. Later Aprilia launched more scooters such as the Leonardo, the SR and the Gulliver.

In 1995, Aprilia commissioned Philippe Starck to design the Motò which was shown in New York’s Modern Art Museum. Also in 1995 Aprilia launched the two stroke RS 125 and RS 250 sports bikes. In 1998 Aprilia launched what is its current flagship model the RSV Mille, a 1000cc V-Twin Superbike, and the Falco, a 1000cc V-Twin sport tourer with emphasis on sport. Both bikes used a variation of a Rotax 1000cc engine.

In 1999 Aprilia entered World Superbike Championship racing with its RSV Mille, and during 2000, Aprilia acquired Moto-Guzzi and Laverda, both historic heritage Italian marques. In 2000 Aprilia launched the 50 cc DiTech (Direct Injection Technology) two stroke engine for scooters which provides high mileage and low emissions, and also the RST Futura, a sport tourer, and the ETV 1000 Caponord; an adventure touring motorcycle. Both of these latter two motorcycles used a variation of the Rotax 1000 cc V-Twin.

Most recently, in 2003, Aprilia launched the RSV Mille Tuono which was essentially an RSV Mille with motorcross-style high handlebars and only a small headlight fairing. Most of the major motorcycle magazines picked it for the best bike of the year. In 2004 Aprilia was acquired by Piaggio & C. SpA, to form the world’s fourth largest motorcycle group with 1.5 billion Euro in sales, an annual production capacity of over 600,000 vehicles, and a presence in 50 countries.

With the acquisition by Piaggio, the newly nominated President of Aprilia is Roberto Colaninno (President of Piaggio & C.), and the Managing Director is Rocco Sabelli. The founder, Ivano Beggio, is the Honorary President. On 15 August 2010, Aprilia became the most successful motorcycle racing brand in history, surpassing fellow Italian MV Agusta with a record 276th victory.[1]

Racing history[edit]

Gábor Talmácsi, 2007 125 cc World Championship winner, aboard his Aprilia RS125 racebike.

Despite being a relatively small company by global motorcycling standards, Aprilia is very active in motorcycle sports. It contested many Road Racing formulae, including the now-defunct 125 cc, 250 cc and 500 cc Grand Prix classes of the FIM World Championship. From 2002 to 2004 they participated in the FIM MotoGP World Championship, and from 1999 to 2002 they participated in the FIM Superbike World Championship. Aprilia has returned to World Superbike since the 2009 season and in MotoGP since the 2012 season.

Aprilia also feature in the off-road racing world, with their 450 cc V-2 motocrosser producing respectable results (including race wins) in both off-road (Motocross) and on-road (Supermoto) categories.

Grand Prix World Championship[edit]

Aprilia debuted in the world championship in 1985 and since then it has seen varying successes. They were successful in the smaller displacement categories, winning numerous races and championships in the 125 cc and 250 cc Grand Prix classes. However, their 500 cc Grand Prix bike was less competitive, and their first MotoGP effort, dubbed the RS Cube, was technically advanced but difficult to ride and performed poorly in the championship. The Cube did, however, pioneer many advanced technologies including ride by wire throttle and pneumatic valve actuation systems. Aprilia left the MotoGP class at the end of 2004 and then left the lower classes when two-stroke engines were banned.
Aprilia set the record for the most points earned by a manufacturer in a single season from the 125cc class with 410 points in 2007. It was also the highest points earned by a constructor in Grand Prix motorcycle racing's history until 2011 when 420 points were won by the same bikes winning 16 out of 17 races.

The company is also notable for choosing somewhat atypical engine configurations. For example, they progressed with development of a V-2 500 cc Grand Prix bike when other teams were moving to V-4 configurations for what some believed was better and more usable power outputs. Aprilia continued this trend, taking advantage of lighter minimum weights with the introduction of their RS Cube MotoGP bike – featuring three cylinders in an inline triple layout, the bike had the least number of cylinders on the Grand Prix paddock.

Aprilia rejoined the MotoGP class in 2012, taking advantage of the newly introduced Claiming Rule Team category that encouraged independent teams with lower budgets to use bikes from manufacturers not officially involved in MotoGP. Aprilia supplied RSV4 SBK-derived bikes under the ART (Aprilia Racing Technology) name to Aspar Racing, Paul Bird Motorsports and Speed Master teams. In both the 2012 and 2013 seasons Aprilia's ART machinery stood out as the best CRT bikes.

For 2015 Aprilia returned to the world championship with a factory effort.

Riders championships[edit]

  • 125 cc class
Year Champion Motorcycle
1992 Italy Alessandro Gramigni Aprilia RS 125 R
1994 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia RS 125 R
1997 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia RS 125 R
1998 Japan Kazuto Sakata Aprilia RS 125 R
2000 Italy Roberto Locatelli Aprilia RS 125 R
2002 France Arnaud Vincent Aprilia RS 125 R
2006 Spain Álvaro Bautista Aprilia RS 125 R
2007 Hungary Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia RSA 125
2009 Spain Julián Simón Aprilia RSA 125
2011 Spain Nicolás Terol Aprilia RSA 125
  • 250 cc class
Year Champion Motorcycle
1994 Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia RSW 250
1995 Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia RSW 250
1996 Italy Max Biaggi Aprilia RSW 250
1998 Italy Loris Capirossi Aprilia RSW 250
1999 Italy Valentino Rossi Aprilia RSW 250
2002 Italy Marco Melandri Aprilia RSW 250
2003 San Marino Manuel Poggiali Aprilia RSW 250
2006 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia RSW 250
2007 Spain Jorge Lorenzo Aprilia RSW 250

Manufacturers championships[edit]

  • 250 cc class
    • 1995, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
  • 125 cc class
    • 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011

RS-GP results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Tyres Team No. Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points RC
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 6 Stefan Bradl 20 14 Ret 16 18 18 21 10 18 8 (17)[N 1] 18th
19 Álvaro Bautista Ret 15 19 15 15 14 10 17 14 18 13 10 15 13 16 14 15 14 31 16th
33 Marco Melandri 21 Ret 20 19 18 18 Ret 19 0 NC
70 Michael Laverty 20 0 NC

ART results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Tyres Team No. Rider 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points RC
Octo IodaRacing Project[N 2]
E-Motion IodaRacing Team[N 2]
15 Alex de Angelis 20 18 22 21 17 Ret 15 Ret 18 21 Ret 15 Ret Ret DNS 2 28th
23 Broc Parkes Ret 0 NC
55 Damian Cudlin Ret Ret 0 NC

Superbike World Championship (SBK)[edit]

Aprilia RSV4 Factory race bike.

Aprilia entered the Superbike World Championship in 1999 using a homologation special version of their V-twin road bike RSV Mille. They were third in rider's championship in 2000 with rider Troy Corser, and third in manufacturers points and fourth in rider points both in 2001 with Troy Corser and in 2002 with Noriyuki Haga. Aprilia retired from the series at the end of that season.

In February 2008, Aprilia debuted a V-4 superbike, the RSV4, for the 2009 Superbike World Championship season.[3]

Max Biaggi rides the RSV4

Aprilia won its first Superbike world championship in 2010 with Max Biaggi, claiming both the riders and the manufacturers titles.

Riders championships[edit]

Year Champion Motorcycle
2010 ItalyMax Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 1000
2012 ItalyMax Biaggi Aprilia RSV4 Factory
2014 FranceSylvain Guintoli Aprilia RSV4 Factory

Manufacturers championship[edit]

SuperMoto World Championship[edit]

Thierry Van Den Bosch riding the SXV 450 in 2006

Aprilia debuted in the FIM Supermoto World Championship in 2004 and since then it has won many titles in both S1 and S2 classes.

Riders championships[edit]

Year Class Champion Motorcycle
2004 S2 FranceJerome Giraudo Aprilia SXV 450
2006 S2 FranceThierry Van Den Bosch Aprilia SXV 450
2011 S1 FranceAdrien Chareyre Aprilia MXV-S 450

Manufacturers championship[edit]

  • S2 class: 2006, 2007
  • S1 class: 2008, 2011

2014 models[edit]

Aprilia models for 2014 are:

Off road

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Non-bracketed number refers to the number accumulated with team, with number in brackets referring to the total accumulated for the season.
  2. ^ a b Until the Italian Grand Prix, the team competed as the Octo IodaRacing Project, with title sponsorship from Octo Telematics. Thereafter, the team competed as the E-Motion IodaRacing Team.[2]


  1. ^ "Aprilia celebrates record GP win | MotoGP News | Aug 2010". Crash.Net. 2010-08-18. Retrieved 2011-06-02. 
  2. ^ Bestetti, Adriano (30 May 2015). "Nuova livrea e title sponsor per IodaRacing" [New livery and title sponsor for IodaRacing]. Motoblog (in Italian) (Blogo.it). Retrieved 31 May 2015. 
  3. ^ "Soup :: Aprilia Debuts V-4 Superbike Due In WSBK Next Season :: 02-25-2008". Superbikeplanet.com. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

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